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Re: [Kartarpur] The Man in Blue - Calendars

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  • Tarlochan S. Nahal
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh ... Sikhs have two calendars: Nanakshahi Calendar and Khalsa Calendar. The Khalsa Calendar begins with Vaisakhi.
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 30, 2008
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      Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
      Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
       
      Harjinder Singh Khalsa wrote:
       
      >Vaisakh is not the Sikh New Year. Who or what is the source of the nonsensical notion that Vaisakh is the Sikh
      >New Year I do not know. It is not based on facts and we should make this
      clear to sangat and to non-Sikhs.
       
      Sikhs have two calendars: Nanakshahi Calendar and Khalsa Calendar. The Khalsa Calendar begins with Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi was the day when Khalsa was established. So Vaisakhi is very significant for the Sikhs.
       
      Gur Fateh
       
      Tarlochan Singh
       
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      Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 1:36 PM
      Subject: [Kartarpur] The Man in Blue - Calendars

      the man in blue
       
      harjindersinghkhalsa@...

      Calendars

       

      Every Vaisakh there are people congratulating us with the Sikh New Year, and there is confusion over the right date for Vaisakh since the adoption of Pal Singh Purewal’s Nanaksháhí Calendar by the SGPC.

       

      Vaisakh is not the Sikh New Year. Who or what is the source of the nonsensical notion that Vaisakh is the Sikh New Year I do not know. It is not based on facts and we should make this clear to sangat and to non-Sikhs.

       

      In Guru’s days the calendar most used was the Vikramí lunar calendar. Until the introduction of the new calendar our Gurpurabs were based on Vikramí. As the length of the lunar calendar is not the same as that of our solar calendar the days of our festivals varied each year, which is confusing and unpractical.

       

      I am grateful to Sardar Pal Singh for having calculated the dates of our festivals in tune with our ‘common era’ solar calendar. Any suggestion that the ‘purattan’ calendar is more Sikh than the Common Era or the solar Nanaksháhí calendar makes no sense in the light of Gurmat.

       

      The introduction of the Nanaksháhí calendar is not a wicked plot by the Government of India to ruin Sikhí. According to Gurmat there are no special days, we should keep the Nám in our minds every day of the year. In Guru Nanak’s and Guru Arjan’s ‘twelve months’ sabads the months mentioned are those of the Vikramí year. That just means that Guru used the local calendar as he would have done had he lived in a different country with a different system.

       

      In the Guru Granth Sahib are a number of sabads based on the days of the week. Guru uses the days of the lunar year and those of the solar year. Again it shows that Guru was not partisan to this or that calendar. There was a solar calendar in use in Guru’s days that starts with Vaisakh, but there is absolutely no reason to call this the Sikh calendar.

       

      Before the introduction of the Nanaksháhí Calendar, Vaisakhí was fixed on the 13th of April, but Pal Singh Purewal adopted the 14th. Some people are getting quite excited about this, but please keep your cool !

       

      We had Vaisakhí Nagar Kirtans in theUK on the last Sunday of March and on the first, second and third Sunday of April. Guru Nanak was born on Vaisakh, but we celebrate his birthday in November.

       

      What is important is that we remember what happened on Vaisakh 1699, what is important is that we will not forget the Guru’s teachings, which should make the two Gurpurabs connected with the Guru Granth Sahib our most important days, together with Vaisakhí, the birth of the Khalsa.



      Harjinder Singh
      Sikh Activist
      Columnist
      National Development Officer for the National Council for Faiths & Beliefs in FE
      Faith & Cultural Diversity Consultant
      Heston, Middlesex, UK


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